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Jeffus joins list of women exiting N.C.’s political landscape

You can add another name to the growing list of women not seeking re-election to the state legislature.

[1]Rep. Maggie Jeffus made it official on Wednesday, saying that she would not challenge Rep. Pricey Harrison in the newly redrawn House District where the two were ‘double-bunked.’

Jeffus, a 10-term House member, told the Greensboro News & Record that the numerous special sessions and committee meetings outside of the regular legislative session made the job increasingly demanding:

“The General Assembly is no longer a part-time legislature but a full-time legislature, and that leaves little time for family. I would like to spend more time with my grandchildren, and my husband and I would like to travel and spend more time at the coast,” Jeffus said Wednesday.

With Jeffus’ departure, ten women – both Democrat and Republican – will be exiting the political landscape after this year.

For those keeping score, on the Democrat’s side: Rep. Patsy Keever (Buncombe), Rep. Alice Bordsen (Alamance), Rep. Diane Parfitt (Cumberland), Sen. Linda Garrou (Forsyth), Rep. Edith Warren (Pitt) , and Rep. Jennifer Weiss (Wake) have announced they will not seek re-election.

On the Republican side: Rep. Carolyn Justice (New Hanover), Senator Jean Preston(Carteret), and Rep. Shirley Randleman (Wilkes) have announced they will not seek pursue another term in office.